Neuroscience Research

My work with clients is informed by clinical and neuroscience research findings, which help shape therapeutic approaches to depression, anxiety, trauma and emotional pain (for example).

My own neuroscience research has explored how we identify and process experiences of danger and safety, how these experiences change emotional, behavioral and neural function, and how these changes can in turn be modified through further experience.  

I received a PhD in Neuroscience in the laboratory of Dr. Joseph LeDoux at New York University, and completed my post-doctoral training with Dr. Eric Kandel at Columbia University.  I’m also happy to take this opportunity to acknowledge the late Dr. Stanley Schachter, who invited me into his graduate courses while I earned a BA in Psychology at Columbia University.

I have been on the research faculties of the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, and have worked extensively as a consulting scientist at other universities and at biomedical research foundations.

My neuroscience research has focused on the normal function of emotion, learning and memory, and how these functions become altered in stress and crisis.  This work has involved measurement and analysis of neural processing, behavior, physiology and state/trait characteristics — including: electrophysiology, functional brain imaging (fMRI), biochemical and genetic assays, behavioral analysis, skin conductance, pupillometry, heart rate variability and psychometrics.

CURRENT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
I participate in research on therapeutic outcomes for the New York State Office of Mental Health, and consult on research projects with the University of Southern California, Columbia University, and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.  I am also currently a scientific adviser for non-profit biomedical research foundations, consulting on research for developing effective therapies.